Whether it be a scent, an array of colors in the sky, or the latest skincare trends, each batch of soap starts with an idea. I begin formulating a recipe that will create the feel of the bar before weighing out each ingredient.
After weighing each additive, oil, water, color, fragrance, I mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until it reaches the right consistency. At that time I may add fragrances & colors before pouring the mixture into a loaf mold, similar to a bread loaf mold. I allow the mixture to set up for 24 to 48 hours before unmolding it from the loaf. Once the soap is unmolded, I handcut each slice into individual bars. After the cut, I wait 24-48 hours before trimming and beveling the edges if needed. Once the individual bars are "cleaned", I set them on a drying rack where they will cure for 4-6 weeks. The curing time allows for water to gradually evaporate from the bars so they can harden and last. After the curing time is up, I am able to share my creations.